the mid-19th century onwards, many regions underwent fundamental legal
changes by following Western models. Countries such as the Ottoman
Empire, Japan, China, Siam and Ethiopia were subject to
extraterritoriality as the most prominent form of pressure, but also in
other non-colonized countries, internal and external diplomatic or
economic pressures led to legal reforms.
The symposium offers a platform for gaining a better understanding of the characteristics of the legal translations and transformations that took place in these spaces under pressure from the Western European powers. Considering a broad scope of different countries and settings allows us to rethink the alleged universalisation of Western European law in the 19th and early 20th centuries. By looking at the different experiences of translation and invention, radical transition and complex continuities, resistance and internal conflicts, the symposium aims to contribute to a broader framework of current research that reassesses what legal ‘modernity’ and ‘the West’ meant. By connecting legal histories that have mostly been studied in isolation from one another, and by analysing them against the backdrop of global imperialism and colonialism, the symposium offers the opportunity to reconsider historiographical narratives.
Wednesday, 7th December 2022 (CET time zone)
12:30–13:45 Opening Keynote & Discussion
14:00–15:30 PANEL 1: NEGOTIATING SOVEREIGNTIES
15:45–17:15 PANEL 2: ENCOUNTERS OF IDEAS
Thursday, 8th December 2022 (CET time zone)
12:00–13:15 Keynote & Discussion
13:30–15:00 PANEL 3: RECONFIGURING PUNISHMENT
15:15–16:45 PANEL 4: USING INTERNATIONAL LAW
Friday, 9th December 2022 (CET time zone)
12:00–13:30 PANEL 5: LAW, SOCIETY, AND RESISTANCE
13:45–15:15 PANEL 6: RULING THE PERIPHERY AND THE ROLE OF VIOLENCE
15:30–17:00 CONCLUDING SESSION
Source: Legal Orders under Pressure: Non-Western Experiences of Legal Transformations in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.
In: H-Soz-Kult, 14.11.2022, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/event-131399>.